TV The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas  

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List Rules Daytime soap operas that aired on television during the 1980s

During the 80s, there were more people watching soap operas than ever before. Soaps like "General Hospital" were averaging 14 million viewers an episode at its peak. There were also more soap operas on the air than ever before, with as many as 15 daytime soaps airing during a week. The top soaps of the decade were" General Hospital", "All MyChildren," and "One Life to Live." This list of the best daytime soap operas that aired during 1980-1989, has been voted on a ranked by the community.

While many old soap operas continued to flourish during the 80s, some soaps saw their last years. "Love of Life" ended in 1980, "Search for Tomorrow" ended in 1982, and "The Edge of Night" ended in 1984, among many others.

New soap operas also premiered, including "Generations," "Texas," "The Bold and the Beautiful," and "Santa Barbara." Although primetime soaps like "Dallas" and "Dynasty" were gaining popularity at this time, daytime soaps didn’t lose any of their status or popularity.

What are the best daytime soap operas from the 80s? Vote up the best 1980s daytime soap operas below and see where the soaps you loved to watch during the 80s rank.

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Days of our Lives is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Days of our Lives Pamela Anderson, Shelley Hennig, Melinda Clarke

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2
93 86
The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
The Young and the Restless Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali

3
85 78
General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
General Hospital Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco

4
84 78
All My Children is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
All My Children Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew

5
85 80
Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Guiding Light Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow

6
71 64
One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
One Life to Live Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross

7
80 76
As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
As the World Turns Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen

8
78 74
The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
The Bold and the Beautiful Usher, Katherine Kelly Lang, Hunter Tylo

9
67 87
Another World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Another World Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe

10
63 84
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Santa Barbara Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson

11
44 67
The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
The Edge of Night Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Lori Loughlin

12
40 66
Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Search for Tomorrow Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen, Kevin Bacon

13
37 78
Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Ryan's Hope Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker

14
31 76
Capitol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Capitol Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston, Carol Alt

15
26 69
Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Love of Life Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider

16
24 70
Generations is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Generations Amy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford, Richard Roundtree

17
7 31
Texas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas

18
21 77
The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
The Doctors Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn

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20 86
Loving is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Loving Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Mitchell